Friday, November 22, 2019

Ground Handlers Move into New Airport Terminal with Freight Forwarders Due to Arrive in January

Multi Million Euro Air Cargo Hub is Ready for Action
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HUNGARY – BUD Cargo City, Budapest Airport's new €50 million dedicated air freight facility has been completed, with all warehouse and office space leased out to tenants, two of which are Celebi Aviation Holding and Menzies Aviation, the international ground and cargo handling companies which are moving into the state-of-the-art cargo handling facility, part of BUD's Development Programme.

The terminal includes an 11,200m2 forwarder building and 21,600m2 of warehousing space, with a 32,000m2 cargo apron, which will be able to service two Boeing 747 freighters simultaneously. Rene Droese, Chief Property and Cargo Officer, Budapest Airport (BUD), commented:

“BUD Cargo City is a significant milestone in BUD’s growth strategy, and establishes the airport as the Central and Eastern European air cargo hub and gateway to the world. BUD Cargo City provides a state of the art, efficient, linear and rapid logistics environment for our air cargo community and opens up a world of potential for our partners, with high quality increased capacity to build new connections to all continents, especially Asia and North America.”

With phase one of the terminal complete throughput capacity has been boosted to an annual 250,000 tonnes. The forwarder building will be handed over in Phase 2 in January 2020 for occupation by market leading freight forwarding groups such as Kuehne + Nagel, cargo-partner, DB Schenker, EKOL, Kombi Express, Ghibli/ CECZ and Yusen Logistics.

Over 400 guests from the Hungarian government and representatives from the local and international air cargo community gathered for the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of BUD Cargo City.

In line with the Airport Plan, Çelebi Ground Handling Hungary has upgraded freighter capacity with the new 35-tonne high loader for access to dedicated areas for special cargo handling. Celebi handles 90,000 tonnes of cargo per year at BUD and has invested in a two-phase infrastructure development plan in anticipation of air cargo growth at BUD prompting Atilla Korkmazoglu, President, Ground Handling & Cargo, EMEA, Celebi Aviation Holding to say:

“BUD’s location is very attractive with its catchment area that expands both into eastern and western Europe. We have implemented a two-phase construction plan in order to meet growing air cargo volumes at BUD, and phase one is already underway with a 22,000m2 area that includes 12,000m2 warehouse space, 1,600m2 office and social areas, and 8,000m2 manoeuvring and equipment parking areas, we will install a brand new ETV to increase the capacity for phase 2.

“We are confident that the new Cargo City will enable us to meet the expectations of our employees and customers on a higher level via the better work environment and increased service level. We are looking to collaborate with all stakeholders to help future growth and reach Budapest’s true air cargo potential. At Celebi Ground Handling Hungary we are proud be part of the highly committed and professional environment of Budapest Airport.”

In the last twelve months BUD has opened belly and freighter routes to China, and BUD Cargo City new routes are scheduled to open in 2020, continuing to strengthen ties with China and invest in the air cargo community. Robert Fordree, Executive Vice President - Cargo, Menzies Aviation, observed:

“BUD airport has demonstrated that the team understands the value of cargo as a revenue stream, and their proactive approach to building an air cargo handling solution and community benefits their partners and the entire air cargo industry. We will be bringing our global network to BUD creating new opportunities for consolidation and global deals, and our new warehousing and office facilities at BUD Cargo City will provide us with airside access which is a game-changer for our business in Hungary.”

Photo: Atilla Korkmazoglu, Rene Droese, and Robert Fordree (pictured left to right)